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American BisonA Natural History$
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Dale Lott, Jan van Wagtendonk, and Kevin Shaffer

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520233386

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520233386.001.0001

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(p.138) Chapter 16 Coyotes
American Bison

Dale F. Lott

University of California Press

The versatile coyote, not paired with the badger to hunt squirrels, would probably search for some other kind of food, perhaps with other companions and collaborators. Opportunists that they are, they sometimes include poultry and lambs in their diet. They are adaptability itself in their social organization as well as their diet. Two local factors seem to determine their size and social life: diet and density. The coyote's social flexibility gives them a tremendous potential to reproduce when times are good. Females breed younger and have bigger litters. For a few years there were so many bison carcasses, their tough hides conveniently removed, that there would have been no real competition for food. The coyote population must have exploded during those times.

Keywords:   coyote population, diet, adaptability, social organization, bison carcasses

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